The Arnika Association is staying in touch with its Ukrainian colleagues and friends. We have been working together since 2017 on projects that were aimed at the improvement and protection of the local environment for future generations. The colleagues are defending their country these days and providing the most urgent emergency assistance together with other organizations.
For instance, they keep informing the people who have not left their homes about the appropriate behaviour in the event of a leak of toxic, volatile, and radioactive substances. The risk of those incidents is a real threat during this conflict.
Our colleague Oleksiy made us aware of the rocket attack that has destroyed an oil depot in Okhtyrka near Kharkiv. An oil terminal in Vasylkiv near Kyiv caught fire after being hit by a missile. The damage to the environment caused by the fire in Vasylkiv is estimated at 810 billion UAH.
A radioactive waste disposal site of the Kyiv Radon Association was shelled. Fortunately, it has not been damaged. The movement of the Russian artillery near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station has been reported as well. Also, fights continue over the Kyiv and Kakhovka hydropower stations.
Our colleagues are determined to do their best and to inform the public about the environmental threats connected to the war.